Richard Goldstein, DPM, at City Podiatry in Midtown Manhattan of New York City, emphasizes putting patient education first. Specializing in podiatric medicine and surgery, Dr. Goldstein believes that patients should be able to advocate for their health and healing by obtaining a better understanding of exactly what’s going on with any issues relating to their feet and ankles. Dr. Goldstein is a pioneer of new foot surgical treatments and always stays informed about the latest cutting-edge treatments. He’s board-certified in foot surgery and is committed to staying abreast on new technologies and best practices to deliver the highest-quality comprehensive care possible. His goal is to remain accessible to his patients, and he ensures that each and every person he meets with truly understands their own medical concerns before big decisions are made.
Hackensack University Medical Center at Pascack Valley
American Board of Podiatric Surgery
After completing his undergraduate studies at the State University of New York at Albany, Dr. Goldstein earned his medical degree from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in Manhattan. He then performed his residency at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, where he served as chief resident.
Podiatry or podiatric medicine is devoted to the study, diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle, and lower extremity.
A Podiatrist is neither a Medical Doctor (MD), nor an Osteopath (DO). Podiatrists are DPMs, Doctors of Podiatric Medicine. Podiatrists complete four years of training in a podiatric medical school and three years of hospital residency training. Podiatrists may go on to complete fellowship training following their residency.
While both orthopedic surgeons and podiatrists both are trained to treat foot and ankle problems, an orthopedic surgeon who has specialized in foot and ankle surgery is qualified to address a more complex level of problems. Podiatrists may specialize in surgery, sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics, and diabetic care.
The scope of a Podiatrist’s areas of practice is regulated at the state level. In some states a Podiatrist is allowed to treat hand conditions. Some states mandate the supervision of an MD or DO when anesthesia is required for a procedure.
In your initial visit be prepared to provide your Podiatrist with a list of your symptoms, all medications you are taking and discuss with him/her any previous surgeries. He/she will want to review all relevant medical records, Doctor and hospital reports, and prior diagnostic testing (including X-rays, MRIs, and lab results). You should know in advance if a procedure will be performed, you may need someone to drive you home. You may be asked to bring your walking or exercise shoes with you to the appointment.
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